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Shrewd Food: Protein Packed Healthy Snacks

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Protein Packed Healthy Snacks

Shrewd Food makes protein packed healthy snacks. Their line of foods includes Protein Puffs, Protein Cookies, Protein Dippers, Keto Dippers, and Protein Croutons. I had the chance to sample most of them and I have to say, not only are these snacks healthy high in protein, low fat, low carb and low sugar, but they taste great.

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Small Changes To Make For A Healthier Life

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Every once in a while I try out some new healthy food and drink options to see if they are something I could add to my everyday life. Recently, I have tried a new kombucha drink, healthy dark chocolates (because chocolate is life, am I right?), a new coconut oil for cooking healthier, and even a mushroom superfood drink powder.

I like variety and trying new products because it allows me to get out of my everyday rut when it comes to food and drink. So, here are my thoughts about the new items I’ve tried.

Om Mushrooms Superfood Drink Sticks

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I might as well start with the one item that I was the most skeptical about. I mean, I like mushrooms … but as a drink? I was doubtful that I would like it, but intrigued enough to give it a shot.

I think it was pretty smart for Om to pair this superfood up with fruit flavors. Most people are used to enjoying drinks that have some degree of sweetness to them, and while mushrooms add a fantastic layer of savory flavor to many dishes they are not something I would sit down and eat just by themselves.

Varieties

Citrus Orange – Energy+

Lemon Lime – Energy+

Super Berry – Immune+

Mocha – Brain Fuel+

Strawberry Lemonade – Beauty+ (Hair, Skin, Nails)

I tend to like red fruits just in a general sense. So, it was really no surprise to me that I liked the taste of the Super Berry and Strawberry Lemonade flavors. I love chocolate and enjoy coffee, on occasion, so I was reasonably certain that I would enjoy the Mocha flavor (I added it to a few cups of coffee and really enjoyed that).

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But, I’m not a huge fan of lemon lime or orange drinks. Which is a bummer, because I thought I might not like the Om versions, either, and I really wanted to since they were the two varieties which offer energy benefits. Lack of energy is something I’ve been struggling with as I get older. I tried both, and I think they both tasted great!

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I like that Om Organic Mushroom Superfood Drink Sticks offer a variety of different types of flavors, to appeal to people who like different tastes. I love that the supplement powder is so portable and easy to carry with you everywhere. That makes it so easy to add into water or coffee or whatever you happen to be drinking for a healthy boost. And, it looks like these are good for just about everyone as they are gluten free and appropriate for popular dietary programs like Paleo and Keto.

Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha

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Speaking of health drinks, here is yet another variety of Kombucha that I’ve tried in the last year or so. Honestly, most kombucha drinks leave me wondering what all the hype is about. I get that they have health benefits, but I can’t generally get into the taste of some of them.

Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha is a bit different. First of all, these are canned drinks versus the other’s I’ve tried which were in glass bottles. I don’t know if that makes a difference in taste or whatever. But, I do know that this is the first kombucha that I have tried and liked well enough to consume the entire drink.

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Second, though it is a healthy prebiotic drink, it comes in some definitely delicious sounding flavors: Apple Mint, Ginger Peach, Tropical Mango. I thought they each tasted pretty good, though the Apple Mint was my favorite overall. Not that I have to choose a favorite, but just in case you’re interested.

These drinks contain a certified organic, plant-based, prebiotic fiber called Xylooligosaccharides (XOS Fiber) which will nourish the probiotic bacteria that is naturally present in your gut, helping it to grow. 

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While, the previous brands of Kombucha I’ve tasted have never made their way back into my home, I think Wonder Drink would be the one that I could see myself stocking in my fridge on a rotating basis with some other health foods that I like to have around.

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate

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Chocolate.

Enough said.

It’s good. Buy these chocolates. You will not be sorry.

LOL — I don’t know what to say here. Chocolate is either good or bad, in my opinion. I’m not usually so black and white in my judgements. But, it’s true here.

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And these are good! Taste is everything when it comes to chocolate. I don’t care how healthy it’s made, if it doesn’t taste good I’m not going to eat it. Period.

Alter Eco uses dark chocolate (known to have health benefits), is organic and gluten free, and uses fair trade ingredients. All of these things make it even easier to enjoy one of my favorite snacks.

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My daughters are both interested in products that are healthy and that benefit people and communities over corporations, so they have both been interested in learning about the company behind these delicious chocolate bars and truffles and sampling the treats.

Salted caramel chocolates are my number one favorite overall. So, my personal favorite of the ones pictured here are the Salted Caramel Truffles. Of the chocolate bars, my fave would have to be the Crisp Mint.

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The chocolate in all of the products is smooth and very satisfying and the truffle centers literally just melt in your mouth! So, so good!!! You can’t really go wrong no matter which one you choose.

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil

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I like to cook. Finding new and interesting recipes, ingredients, and stuff like that is a fun hobby for me. New cooking oils are something I have enjoyed exploring as they each have different tastes and health benefits.

One of the most recent new finds in our house is sesame oil. We love Asian foods, and the peanut-y flavor has made things like my daughter’s fried rice recipe a whole new dish!

Coconut oil is something I began seeing covered in the media a year or two ago and decided to try. I’m still experimenting and learning about different oils and what uses they have and benefits they offer.

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Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil is the latest one to grace my pantry. It’s organic, non-GMO, and Keto certified and labelled as an organic superfood.

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I know, the other items listed are things you can eat or drink on their own, and coconut oil isn’t. But, I still wanted to mention it here since it’s a health food item that I’ve tried and have enjoyed using. I will, however, talk about it some more in another upcoming article about a new cookbook I’ve been dabbling in preparing recipes from.

It’s called Simply Real Eating by Sarah Adler. It’s all about using real food ingredients and preparing easy and healthy meals. One of the cooking oils talked about in her book is coconut oil, so I will be using this Nutiva Coconut Oil in preparing a recipe from Ms. Adler’s book to share with Beauty Brite readers. Keep a look out for that very soon!

What healthy food swap have you made in your life and how has it worked out for you?

The Best New Products For Women’s Health

The Best New Products For Women's Health
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It’s a brand new year and a chance to feel better than ever before! Because well-being and fitness are important to me, I love discovering new products that support women’s health.

I wear lots of hats as a wife, mom, daughter, and working mom. Most days leave me feeling drained and exhausted. It’s important that I have products in my life that help me look and feel my very best. 

I’m excited to share with some of my recent finds! Whether you’re a college student, stay-at-home mom, beloved Nana or a corporate mama, there’s something for every woman at every age.

For most of my life, I’ve struggled with the exact opposite of gorgeous hair. Naturally, I have very fine hair without much volume. After my son was born, I actually ended up losing a lot of hair! After that, I knew I needed to find a supplement that could help improve my hair.

I was really excited to check out Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies. I love the super cute heart shape, and the summer strawberry flavor is tasty! Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies are vegan, gluten-free, gelatin-free, and contain zero artificial flavors. 

Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies are comprised of a special blend of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair, starting from the scalp and encouraging hair growth. Made of a power-packed blend of biotin, folic acid, B-5,6,12, Vitamin A,C, and E. These were incredibly gentle on my stomach and I could even take them on an empty stomach!

Low carb diets are very popular right now. Whether it’s Keto, South Beach, Paleo – many people are switching to a low carb way of life and reaping the benefits. My husband and I follow the Keto diet which can sometimes leave us feeling fatigued, especially when our electrolytes are out of whack. Ultima Replenisher has become a daily essential for me!

I can’t stress enough how well this product works! After a workout or a hot day, this is the perfect “pick me up,” as it replenishes electrolytes lost. Ultima Replenisher is vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, caffeine free, peanut/soy free, and sweetened with organic stevia. Simply add the packet to your bottled water, shake, and enjoy. I highly recommend the Cherry Pomegranate flavor, so delicious!

Rosebud Woman is a family-owned business that puts great care into the products they create. Every feminine health item they make is plant-based and gentle for skin. I also love that when I purchase from Rosebud Woman, a portion of their proceeds are donated to vetted non-profits who are supporting women and their families. 

I highly recommend Honor Regenerating Balm! It’s a great balm for women of any age, very gentle and nourishing for the most intimate skin. Honor Regenerating Balm improves skin resilience and accelerates skin repair. This has helped me greatly since becoming a mom. Applying Honor Regenerating Balm before baby helps reduce the risk of tearing during delivery. For current moms, it will promote faster healing after giving birth. For menopausal women, this will help greatly with frequent dryness. I recommend using this nightly to revitalize intimate skin, or it can also be used 10 minutes before a sensual encounter. 

Many of us need a little help getting our “groove” back after we’ve had children or reached a certain age. Arouse Stimulating Serum has definitely become one of my go-to products. If you’ve been feeling a lack of sensation, it will help enhance any sensual encounter. Using a natural stimulant, Spilanthes Acmella, it will deliver a gentle tingle to the most intimate areas. This luxurious serum stimulates, lubricates, plumps and tingles! 

These days, I’ve got plenty of aches and pains. I’d been searching for a natural source of pain relief instead of constantly reaching for the bottle of aspirin. I’ve heard wonderful feedback from friends that tried CBD products for pain relief. I loved getting to check out Muscle MX CBD Balm, it worked fantastic for me! Muscle MX CBD Balm is THC-free and made in the USA with all-natural ingredients.

Muscle MX CBD Balm Activate works at the start of your day, apply first thing when you wake up. Muscle MX CBD Balm Activate will help prevent any pain later in the day. I love to use this on the back of my calves and lower back.

Muscle MX CBD Balm Recovery is the perfect remedy for sore muscles. My husband swears by this stuff after a long day at work! It’s icy cool and feels so soothing anywhere I’m feeling tension or pain.

For additional muscle relief, the Rykr Roll is a unique handheld massager that gently applies accupressure to muscles. I love using Rykr Roll on my feet, calves, arms, back, and temples! Self massage is an effective method of pain relief that doesn’t involve costly pills or prescriptions with dangerous side effects.

Rykr Roll works on muscles to increase oxygen flow and improve blood circulation. In addition to relief for sore muscles, Rykr Roll also works to relieve symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these new and exciting women’s health products! Let’s make 2020 the year that we feel our best! What products have you been enjoying this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

For More on These Great Companies and Products:

Rykr Roll: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Muscle MX CBD: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Ultima Replenisher: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Vegamour: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Rosebud Woman: Website / Facebook / Instagram

About Liana

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I am a momma of 3 and happily married for 15 years. My three children are my world and their brilliance never ceases to amaze me. I attended the University of Connecticut and received my Bachelors in Spanish and Social Work and my Masters in Secondary Foreign Language Education. I am a certified SACC (Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor) and have been doing volunteer work on the crisis hotline for 16 years! I taught Spanish in the inner city schools grades 9-12 for 10 years in the state of Connecticut.

My babies!

In 2014 I had my first thyroid storm which was the beginning of the decline of my personal health. I began having seizure like episodes that escalated to a deterioration of my physical and mental health. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Functional Dystonia and with a heavy heart I had to leave my career as a teacher in 2016. I fight for my health daily so I can be there for my family in the long run. I have an amazing team of medical doctors that have helped lesson my symptoms to the point where I can live and function daily so I can be active in my childrens lives.

After a dystonic attack, I would be in incredible pain and in bed for days at time

Over the past couple years, I have embarked on a health and wellness journey. I turned my bad habits around and made major changes to my lifestyle. I began eating better and exercising daily. I lost half my body weight to the point where many people found me un-recognizable. I recently began sharing my jouney here on Beauty Brite and I hope to inspire those who need that extra push to be better for not only themselves, but for their familues. I have had only THREE dystonic attacks in the past two years, which has allowed me to get back to work. But this time, I am working on a farm with HOUSEPLANTS!

I have a passion for gardening and hope one day I can begin homesteading so I can live off the land. We currenly have 17 chickens along with herb and vegeteble gardens. We recently adopted a kitten named Aiko and we have 3 birds (2 parakeets and a cockatiel). Over six years ago, I dove into the wonderful world of houseplants and the addiction is real!! I love writing and learning about different cultures and the arts. I find different cultures and traditions fascinating and beautiful. I have a interest in body modifications, in particular tattoos and body piercings. Currently I have 21 piercings ( I used to have 38!!) and 13 tattoos including a back piece that has been in progress for 18 years!

I find cleaning and organizing relaxing ( strange I know) but a good clean space really makes this momma happy. I love the art of home decor, makeup & comfortable fashion. One of my favorite things to do is cook for my family. Seeing them excited over a meal I prepare always makes me smile.

Chicken marsala, a household favorite!

My husband (who is my best friend) and I have a goal to visit each state in the USA once our children are grown and moved out of the home. I am thankful and grateful for him every day, because without him, I don’t know if I could have found the strength to get up and keep pushing through each day.

Baby Steps to a Healthier You

Health. Working out. A balanced diet. A bunch of words that sometimes is difficult to digest. Of course everyone wants to be healthy and in shape. We also want to eat fabulously tasting meals everyday. Overall that ‘Healthier YOU‘ lifestyle is what almost every human being strives for.

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Here’s the real ‘tea’. Life is chaotic and our minds keep pushing its own personal agenda of ‘you don’t have time’. This chubby girl is here to you ‘That’s an excuse.’ There is always time to be healthy.

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Unique Gift Ideas For Teens And Women

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Small, filler-type gifts are one of my favorite things about planning for birthdays and all the different holidays that we love to celebrate. Sometimes these small, inexpensive filler gifts will go into an overall gift basket. But, for Christmas they more often than not are destined for my kids’ Christmas stockings (unless they directly correlate with a larger gift).

For example, if I’m gifting a makeup organizer or beauty bag to one of my daughters, I might purchase bottles of nail polish/polish remover, nail files, eyeliner/mascara/eye shadow, makeup remover pads or other such items to put inside the organizer or bag before wrapping. However, if I’m not gifting a larger item like that, these smaller items will end up in their Christmas stockings along with the small treats or candies.

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Some things I buy for stockings every year — a candy cane, chocolate candies like Hershey Kisses, a chocolate santa or reindeer, Christmas-themed suckers, etc. But, I truly thrive on finding totally unique items to also stick in there that I’ve never given before.

Here, I will be sharing some of the fun, unique items that are going into my kids’ stockings this year. They would also work great in gift baskets, too.

I can’t wait to see how they react! The first two items listed are snack foods. Since the holidays are inevitably full of sweet and high-calorie treats, I decided to share two snacks that are not only delicious and full of flavor but also healthy treat options! But, trust me, your loved ones won’t even know it because they will be so bowled over by the flavors.

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Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

Chai Tea was one of my first coffee-type beverages I’ve ever had. After that, I was hooked. I had to have more! I had to buy it and make more! This was before I was a coffee drinker! I love enjoying a hot chai tea beverage! Just in time for the cooler weather, we’re sharing our Vanilla Chai Tea Latte recipe!

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

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The weather is cooling down. Every now and then, Mother Nature likes to throw in a bright sunny and warm day. Just this week, we’ve had sun, rain, and even cooler weather. I am enjoying it. I like that it stays cool in the morning and I can still go for my morning walks! 

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Fall For Healthy Food and Drink Favorites

Fall Foods and Drinks that are healthy
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I don’t know about you, but summer seemed to fly by for our family. It was very busy! Actually, we really tried to stay healthy and active. We spent a lot of time outdoors, swimming, and traveling. It was a very relaxed pace of life. But, next thing I knew, it was fall! We gathered our favorite Fall Foods and Drinks!

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Eat Healthy, Who’s Got Time For That?

Eating healthy can be really hard and it can be made even harder with the cost of food and the time constraints. Whether you have children or just a demanding job, finding the time to cook meals with fresh and healthy ingredients is not always an option. We found a meal delivery service that will fit your busy schedule!

Fresh n' Lean 5 Day Meal Plan
Fresh n’ Lean 5 Day Meal Plan
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Meal Delivery Service

Thankfully Fresh n’ Lean meal delivery offers a solution to this problem. Get your meals delivered to your door! Choose your meal options and they prepare your meals for you!

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Crab Salad Avocado Halves

My son and I love avocados! I can easily eat them plain, on toast, or as a guacamole with chips! My son prefers them plain. I prefer eating avocados plain or on toast! Are you ready for a fun way to enjoy avocados? Let’s try Crab Salad Avocado Halves! 

Crab Salad Avocado Halves
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